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Archive for June, 2006

Summer Blockbusters update …

Posted by austinburns on June 23, 2006

So, I figure we're halfway through the summer movie season, so it's time to evaluate mine and EW's predictions for summer movie dominance.

This list comes from Box Office Mojo. I'm only including the movies that were in mine and EW's predictions:

1. X-Men: The Last Stand $218,806,943
2. The Da Vinci Code $200,824,246
3. Over the Hedge $141,025,611
4. Mission Impossible: III $130,631,596
5. Cars $129,228,871
6. The Break-Up $96,286,810
7. Poseidon $56,796,610

So, I can feel confidant that Poseidon did indeed bomb. Cars stil has some gas (so to speak) to pass MI:III. Superman could run away with it all, depending on how good it ends up being. It doesn't seem that The Break-Up will overtake MI:III, though.

With Superman, Talladega Nights, Pirates, and Miami Vice still to come out, it's anyone's ballgame. Another update at the end of the summer, late September, maybe?

Another interesting table is one for Global grosses:

1. The Da Vinci Code $679,778,601
2. X-Men: The Last Stand $400,243,032
3. Mission Impossible: III $334,585,381
4. Over the Hedge $159,069,192
5. Cars $144,636,871
6. Poseidon $127,596,610
7. The Break-Up $102,927,013

So, Da Vinci rules globally, the Poseidon did much better overseas, and the rest of the world at least tolerates Tom Cruise more than we do. Stay tuned for further updates.

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The Break-Up

Posted by austinburns on June 7, 2006

The Break-Up

Wow. This movie is NOT a romantic comedy. Even though it is marketed as such, this movie will surprise you. I wouldn't really call it romantic, and a good part of the time is not comedic, either. This movie is brutally real. I have heard the conversations before from first-hand experience. The title of the movie is very appropriate. This movie is about a Break-Up. Plain and simple.

Vince Vaughn is hilarious. He is at his funniest (I'd say) since Swingers. Vincent D'Onofrio is inspired casting as Vaughn's brother. Jon Favreau is really good as his friend. Jason Bateman is good in the few scenes he's in as the couple's realtor. Jennifer Anniston is suprisingly strong in this movie. Joey Lauren Adams is her best friend and is either a psychologist or just someone who reads nothing but self-help books. Justin Long is great as a receptionist at Anniston's job.

The screenwriters did a good job, and I read that Vaughn had a story credit, so kudos to him. The director was Peyton Reed, who also directed Down With Love, another good "romantic comedy."

All in all, a pretty brutal movie, very funny, and very real.

B

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I just wrote my Senators!

Posted by austinburns on June 6, 2006

I’ve never written to my Senators before. That’s probably not a good thing. But, now I can say that I have. I read in the paper that the Senate will be debating a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage on Wednesday. So, I looked them up and wrote them this:

Senator Martinez:

I am writing you to urge you not to endorse the constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage. This ban is an affront to freedom. America was built on principles that every person was created equally and endowed with unalienable rights. I consider the right to marriage to be one of these fundamental rights. Especially in our time, where there are so many benefits to being married, from tax breaks to the ability to adopt.

In America, you are free to do whatever you want to do with your life. You are also free to NOT do whatever you do NOT want to do with your life. If you are opposed to gay marriage, you do not have to marry someone who is gay. That does not give you the right to deny others their rights.

Please think long and hard about your decision.

Thank you for your time.

Here is the link to contact Florida Senators: Click here

I hope this does NOT go through.

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New DMB song!

Posted by austinburns on June 3, 2006

Woohoo! This is what I love about tour time! New Dave Matthews Band song! If anyone stumbles onto this site, here's a URL for an mp3 of the song: (Since this is an mp3, it goes without saying that you shouldn't trade this around without mentioning that it's an mp3, ok?)

The Idea of You

It's a pretty good song, too. I can't wait to see what they do with it!

Happy days are here again, my friend.

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Everyman, by Philip Roth

Posted by austinburns on June 1, 2006

Ok, so I finished this book a couple of days ago and have been trying to find it's meaning. So far, I haven't been very lucky. I read it because Slate's podcast is going to be discussing it later this month. It starts out at the main character's funeral, so you know he's dead from the get-go. The book meanders through his life, where he was married and divorced three times. Only one out of his three kids talks to him. He cheated on every wife he had. He alienated his brother. He didn't have very many redeeming qualities.

Am I supposed to learn from this story? Is this a cautionary tale? He didn't seem very sorry for any of his actions. He did what he did, and he couldn't change it after the fact. The only redeeming part of this book was that it was only 180 pages or so.

I'm sorry to say I can't recommend this.

D

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